magnetosphere

noun mag·ne·to·sphere \ mag-ˈnē-tə-ˌsfir , -ˈne- \
|Updated on: 19 Jun 2018

Definition of magnetosphere

: a region of space surrounding a celestial object (such as a planet or star) that is dominated by the object's magnetic field so that charged particles are trapped in it

magnetospheric

play \-ˌnē-tə-ˈsfir-ik, -ˈsfer-\ adjective

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Origin and Etymology of magnetosphere

magneto- + -sphere
Note: Term introduced by the Austrian-born physicist Thomas Gold (1920-2004) in "Motions in the Magnetosphere of the Earth," Journal of Geophysical Research, vol. 64, no. 9 (September, 1959), pp. 1219-24.


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